Posts Tagged ‘F’

First “Outsider” Ever to Helm PG&E: Anthony F. Earley, Jr., will be New Chairman, CEO, President

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Straight outta Detroit comes Anthony F. Earley, Jr to helm troubled Pacific Gas & Electric.

September 13, 2011 is the changeover date.

All the deets below.


PG&E Corporation Names Anthony F. Earley, Jr., as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 8, 2011 — PG&E Corporation (NYSE: PCG) today announced that Anthony F. Earley, Jr., 62, will become the company’s new Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, and President. Earley’s appointment – the first in PG&E’s history to come from outside the organization – puts the company under the leadership of one of the nation’s most experienced energy executives.

As head of Michigan-based DTE Energy for more than a decade, Earley built the company’s core businesses – Detroit Edison and Michigan Consolidated Gas Company – into two of the most highly respected electric and natural gas operating companies, with strong performance on many of the industry’s key safety and reliability measures.

“Tony is a highly respected and proven CEO who will provide fresh eyes and strong leadership as we focus on public safety and operations excellence,” said Lee Cox, interim Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President. “We looked across the industry and found the person best qualified to help us win back public confidence.”

Earley joined Detroit Edison in 1994 as President and Chief Operating Officer. He became CEO of DTE Energy in 1998 and served in that role through 2010. Most recently, he has been DTE’s Executive Chairman. DTE Energy is one of the nation’s largest diversified energy companies.

“PG&E has a proud legacy,” said Earley. “It’s a great privilege to help an iconic company recover from its recent challenges and reclaim its standing as the utility others admire and aspire to follow.”

Ever more deets after the jump.


Don’t Ever Change, Sunday “Skatin’ Place” at Sixth and Fulton, Where the 70’s (and Michael Jackson) Will Never Die

Monday, June 20th, 2011

This was the scene during yesterday’s “Healthy”* Sunday in Golden Gate Park.

Now, the other kind, inline skating, well, who knows about that, but no matter, roller disco will never die, looks like.

So get over to JFK Jr near 6th Avenue on Sundays and Skate, Bounce, Rock, Roll (feel free to mix up these imperatives as you please) forever:

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*Is this Orwellian or Hitlerian language? I get those two mixed up sometimes…

What a Sec, Could the America’s Cup Result in the Return of the E-Line to the Presidio? Hurray! SPUR Wants Spur

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Put down your corn flakes and brace yourselves, you Marina NIMBYs. ‘Cause it turns out that the America’s Cup, that “Gift From God” Herself, might result in the re-opening of our moribund Fort Mason Rail Tunnel.

Will streetcars end up going all the way to the Presidio’s Main Post? Will they turn the Marina Green into something like Powell Station?

Who knows. Maybe.

OMG, the E!

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Now they’re talking about just an F-Line extension now, but once that tunnel’s open again, it’ll be Katie Bar The Door, it’ll be Run For The Hills, Ma Barker.

Take it away,

“1.Build the F-Line extension to Fort Mason. Cup organizers expect 200,000 to amillion visitors per day to the events. To deliver effective public transportation services to the on-shore spectator areas, we must invest in rail. There simply is no way to add enough vehicle volume to accommodate those numbers. The extension of the historic F-line streetcar to Fort Mason would serve the anticipated spectator venues from Crissy Field to Aquatic Park. With support, creative financing, and expedient action, it is entirely possible for the project to be completed in time. For proof, one need only look to Seattle, whose streetcar line went from a policy decision to construction to operation in less than two and a half years. And it covers four times the distance of the proposed San Francisco extension.”

Remember, the F Extension will lead to the E, and that rhymes with T and that stands for trouble, or something.

Forget About Track Bikes and Fixies, the Latest Thing is the Kick Bike – It’s the Ur-Bicycle Reborn – It’s Now, It’s Wow

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Here’s what you need – a Kick Bike!

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And, actually, it’s the ur-bike. It’s just like this Draisine / Laufmaschine from the ’20’s.

That’s the 1820’s, partner:

Whether you want to stand or sit, a push bike is for you. There’s no pesky chain to get in the way of a True Bicycling Experience.

And Amazon has them for like $110.

See you on Valencia!

Decorative Rocks Sure Make It Tough to Ride a Bike Down the Middle of the Embarcadero

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Man, these rocks sure make for a bumpy ride.

Whoever put them it ought to get fired.

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In the middle of the road,
Is my private cul de sac.
I can’t get from the cab to the curb,
Without some little jerk on my back,
Don’t harass me kid,
Can’t you tell I’m going home, I’m tired as hell,
I’m not the cat I used to be,
I’ve got a kid, I’m thirty-three baby.
Get in the road.
Come on now,
In the middle of the road.

Attention Railfans! Market Street Railway + SF City Guides = Streetcar History Tour on October 31, 2010

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Instead of paying $2 to ride MUNI‘s historic F Line this coming Halloween, why not pay $25 to take the exclusive City Guides Streetcar History Tour? 

All the deets are below.

Or pay $0, your choice:

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All the deets:

City Guides Streetcar History Tour (Oct 31)

Market Street Railway and San Francisco City Guidesare collaborating on a memorable and unique tour along Muni’s historic F-line on Sunday, October 31st. Take part in a festive and informative trip through history!

Join tour guides Ethan Chickering from City Guides and Philip Hoffman from Market Street Railway for an exclusive event aboard one of our “Museums in Motion”. This unique tour celebrating the City’s rich transit history will begin at the San Francisco Railway Museum and will take place from 1-3pm.

Come aboard a vintage streetcar, learn how transit shaped San Franciscoand enjoy Halloween in historical high style! Discover interesting facts about famous Fisherman’s Wharf, traditional North Beach, the scenic Embarcadero and colorful Ferry Plaza, the busy Financial District, world famous Powell & Market, classic Civic Center, imposing Mint Hill and the lively Castro. Period costumes are highly encouraged!

Refreshments will be provided upon conclusion of the tour at a hosted reception inside the San Francisco Railway Museum, where you may view the current exhibition: All The Way Out Market, celebrating the 150th anniversary of rail transit on Market with a special ‘then and now’ photographic exhibit. This special exhibit pairs historic images with contemporary photographs taken in the exact locations, with a corresponding F-line streetcar captured in action.

We are offering members and supporters of Market Street Railway an early bird rate of $20 per person. All proceeds go to support Market Street Railway, and our work to keep San Francisco’s transit history alive. The San Francisco Railway Museum is a program of the non-profit, all volunteer Market Street Railway organization. Please note: As your ticket purchase will provide funds required to charter the streetcar from Muni, all ticket sales must be final.

Tickets become available to the general public on October 1st, at $25 per person.

Space is limited to just 44 passengers, so don’t delay!

Register online »

The Endless Job of Ticketing Cars in the Pink No-Parking Zones of Golden Gate Park

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

This San Francisco Park Ranger had his hands full the other day handing out $88 red zone parking tickets in Golden Gate Park right in front of the Conservatory of Flowers.

Would our tourists all park here if they knew they weren’t supposed to? Probably not. Do the markings on the pavement make sense really? No.

Is the current Bicycle Plan injunction a good excuse for the ridiculous way JFK Drive is marked for traffic and parking these days? Don’t know, You Make The Call.

A target-rich environment on Saturdays, that’s for sure.

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Oh well

CultureBus II? Market Street Railway Says No to MUNI’s $5 F-Line Fare Proposal

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Market Street Railway President President Rick Laubscher has some thoughts this morning about MUNI‘s proposal to raise the cash fare for the F-Market historic streetcar line.

Will the F-Line turn into another fiasco like we just had with the $7 CultureBus 74X? And how will MUNI leader Nat Ford manage to get by making an annual salary that’s merely $308,000 more per year than our Governor’s?

We should get some answers today at City Hall. Stay tuned. 

Here are Rick’s Eight Points:

1. The F-line is a core Muni service and should be treated as such.
2. Muni should collect the fares it’s already charging.
3. The F-line is cost-effective at its current fares.
4. Staff’s revenue assumptions from the fare increase are dubious
5. Different fares at the same Muni stops will slow down operations.
6. “Let ‘em buy a Fast Pass” is not an acceptable response.
7. Exceptionally high fares on the F-line hurt the city’s economic vitality.
8. Muni wants to penalize a line that “people want.”
And here’s Rick missive to MUNI riders:

$5 for an F-line Ride? An Open Letter to Nat Ford January 19, 2010 by Rick Laubscher, Market Street Railway
On behalf of Market Street Railway, I have sent the email excerpted below to SFMTA Executive Director/CEO Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr.  All are welcome to borrow and elaborate on any of these arguments in your own communications with decision-makers on this matter.

Remember, the SFMTA Board gives initial considerations to its staff’s 2010 budget recommendations, including the proposal to raise F-line fares from $2 to $5, Tuesday, January 19 at 2 p.m., Room 400, City Hall. 

You can reach Mr. Ford at 415-701-4720 or by email here. You can register your opinion with the SFMTA Board members by emailing this address. You can also reach Mayor Newsom at 415-554-6141 or by email here. Your opinion counts.

Read the whole thing, after the jump. 

Ouch: MUNI Wants to Raise the Fare for Historic F Market Line to $5

Friday, January 15th, 2010

All you freeloaders paying just $2 to ride the historic F Market & Wharves trolleys in San Francisco, well, here’s your wake-up call, via the SF Streetsblog

The SFMTA wants to raise the cash fare to ride the F streetcars 150%, all the way up to five bucks. See?

“Currently approximately 18,500 passengers ride the historics daily. Assuming that 20% pay cash fares, increasing the cash fare by $3.00 over regular cash fare to $5.00 (similar to Cable Cars). Requires BOS review.”

Finally, you deadbeat passengers will have to start pulling your weight.

As seen on Market Street:

In other news, MUNI also wants to cut service on all its remaining lines. See what famous Akit thinks about these affairs right here.

Welcome to 2010, San Francisco.

San Francisco’s Market Street Railway Wishes You a Merry Christmas

Thursday, December 24th, 2009


Number 1818, straight outta Milano, Italy:

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